Your End-Of-Daylight-Saving Checklist

Daylight saving ends in the majority of Australian states on Sunday April 1. At 3:00am, clocks will go back to 2:00am (and we'll enjoy an extra hour's sleep and the fact that flying to Queensland will be less onerous). Make sure you're prepared with this quick checklist.

Picture by Marcus Hansson

  • If your computer is patched and up-to-date, it should automatically update to daylight saving time. Check quickly on Sunday morning, but it won't be a problem in most instances.
  • Be paranoid about your alarm clock, especially if you use a mobile phone. We've had incidents of iPhones not fully recognising the switch or ignoring recurring alarms in the past. Again, if your phone takes time from the network (as most do), it should be fine, but it pays to check. If you have an urgent work or personal appointment on Sunday, an old-fashioned non-networked alarm clock which you put back before going to sleep might be wise.
  • Change the batteries in your smoke alarm — a standard part of the daylight saving ritual.
  • Ignore April Fools' Day. Life is amusing enough, surely.
  • Ignore Earth Hour. It's a slacktivist waste of time.

Finally, in a footnote of sorts to our earlier spelling errors post, the correct expression is 'daylight saving'. Not 'daylight savings', and not 'daylights saving'.


    LOL @ Earth Hour comment. The shopping centre under my office has extended its trading hours in celebration. I presume in doing so it will burn more fossil fuels than it would have had it ignored the event entirely.

      The workplace I used to work in never even had recycling bins and did nothing for the environment but took part in earth hour.....

      I like to celebrate Earth Hour by turning on every single light in the house, just to be spiteful :)

    My alarm clock has a DST button. I just need to press it at either changeover, and it has the right time!

    For those nervous about their alarms, I like to set a count down timer before I go to bed to go of when I have to get up, factoring the extra in hour.

    So this vital checklist for handling an event that happens twice a year consists of:

    Item 1 - Checking something that even the list-maker admits won't be a problem for the vast majority of users.
    Item 2 - Advice to use something 95% of users already do use, and warnings about old bugs that have been addressed long since combined with vague warnings to check 'other' phones just in case...
    Item 3 - A reminder to do something that even the list-maker admits is "a standard part of the daylight saving ritual".
    Item 4 - Advice to ignore something that is completely unrelated to DST.
    Item 5 - Advice to ignore something that is even more unrelated to DST than item 4.

    Way to waste electrons guys.

      'Cause, you know... there's a limited supply.

        Have you priced those lately? I'm not made of money!

    Check your DVR record times for regular recordings. My Panasonic stuffs up the transition every time.

    I don't keep daylight savings time. It's very bad for your health, so I abstain.

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